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To think that just because you're in a cycle race doesn't mean you can run a red light?

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Fitzsimmons · 18/06/2017 19:54

We nearly hit a cyclist today. It was a narrow miss. We came to a crossroads with traffic lights and needed to turn right. DH was driving. He was second behind another car in the queue. The lights changed to green and he pulled forward once the car in front did, and started to turn. He narrowly missed a cyclist coming from our left who was heading in the same direction as us (I.e our right, her straight on) and must have gone through a red light. Once we were on that road we realised she was one of a number of cyclists taking part in some sort of race.

There were no signs leading up to the crossroads, nor did we spot any on the road that we turned onto.

AIBU to think that she should have stopped at the red light? I appreciate she doesn't want to lose time, but she could have lost a lot more if we had hit her Confused

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NewPapaGuinea · 18/06/2017 20:06

Where was this? Wasn't the London to Brighton was it as that's not a race? Anyway, the cyclist should have stopped regardless.

allegretto · 18/06/2017 20:10

If it was an official race, the road should have been closed. YANBU.

Witchend · 18/06/2017 20:10

If it's an official.race then I'd expect traffic to be blocked off and them to be allowed to run red lights.
If you're certain you didn't pass any signs it may have been a fault of the organisers.

CMOTDibbler · 18/06/2017 20:12

It's absolutely not allowed in any cycle event, and organisers always tell participants that they will be disqualified if they infringe rules of the road or engage in dangerous behaviour.

QueenMortificado · 18/06/2017 20:13

This bloody happened to me today on the london to Brighton route.

I really wish cyclists would be more respectful of the road

DorisMcSweeney · 18/06/2017 20:58

I really wish cyclists would be more respectful of the road

I was out on my bike today. Things I saw:

  • Speeding cars
  • Drivers talking on mobiles
  • Drivers texting
  • Drivers not indicating

I really wish car drivers would be more respectful of the road
Fitzsimmons · 18/06/2017 21:12

It was a triathlon event in Cumbria, which I only realised when I saw on FB that a friend's DH had competed in.

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BurleyBob47 · 18/06/2017 22:16

YANBU. I compete in triathlons and if I thought the organisers were putting me and other road users at risk, I'd be livid. Races usually have a "deadzone" at lights where they stop the clock for you. No excuses for running a red light. Ever.

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